Best-selling author Jodi Taylor returns with a brand-new Chronicles of St Mary's short story.
Like a smaller and much scruffier Greta Garbo - finally - Markham speaks!
It's Christmas and time for the first (and almost certainly last) St Mary's Annual Children's Christmas Party - attendance compulsory, by order of Dr Bairstow. Discovered practising his illegal reindeer dance and poo-dropping routine, our hero, along with fellow disaster magnets Peterson and Maxwell, is dispatched to Anglo-Saxon England to discover the truth about Alfred and the cakes. In his own words, our hero reveals Major Guthrie's six-point guide to a successful assignment and the Security Section's true opinion of the History Department. And of historians in general. And of one historian in particular.
And, just to be clear, it is time travel, for God's sake. Forget all that pretentious 'investigating major historical events in contemporary time' rubbish. This is history without the capital H. Because this is the way the Security Section rolls!
©2016 Jodi Taylor (P)2016 Audible, Ltd
My Name is Markham is the seasonal short story release from Jodi Taylor and part of her very successful St Mary's series of books.
In a slight twist, the story is told from Markham's perspective rather from that of Max and as a result we are now treated to a new reader, Piers Wehner, instead of Zarah Ramm who reads the other books in the series.
As with previous narrations of the series it is beautifully done. Having had a number of audio books ruined for me by flat story telling its is refreshing to have readers who can tell the story with interest and character.
As for the tale itself it is, I think, its the best of the Christmas Stories that Jodi has written to date. Full of humour, panto reindeer and the answer to who burned King Alfred's whilst allowing the reader a glimpse into what it would have been like to live in times past.
All the gang are included, and I will never be able to look at a plastic pouch of olives in the same way again.
A little odd not to hear Zara's voice, but Piers has the same sense of timing and 'gets' the jokes just as well. And Jodi can't do anything wrong in my eyes... Her writing is just sublime and I adore the St Mary's series. May it continue forever!
Another fun tale, but this time narrated by Markham! Very well portrayed by Piers Weiner. A delight to listen to, and proceeds being donated to charity! Thanks, I loved it.
Always enjoy listening to The Chronicles of St Mary's but I realise now that's because Zara Ramm does such an excellent narration. I found Piers Werner's performance extremely annoying with an accent that seemed to wobble between Estuary English and American drawl.
The story itself is a very short one but interesting. I think I would like to find out more about King Alfred after listening to this so that's a good outcome. Will wait to read the story now though, not too sure I could listen to Mr Wehner again. Loved the fact that Help for Heroes benefit from the sale of this story, well done Ms Taylor.
Ending 2016 in true St. Mary's fashion - in chaos. Ms Taylor does it again.
I really enjoyed the point of view of Markham; it ended up being just as funny as the others. Markham' haphazard attempts at being a responsible manner of St. Mary's will truly make you smile one last time this year.
Employment law, Geneva convention... none of those would be able to rescue him from the egg sandwiches this time.
One last note, the proceeds of this short story go to Help for Heroes, so buy this for others or encourage them to buy it.
Whilst the narrator is great & I do understand this is inside the head of Markham so will sound greater to him than the idiot pyromaniac we all love begrudgingly; I just felt it lacked that spark no pun intended that the previous audiobooks read by Zara Ramm have.
Certain voices unlock an author in a way that enhances the stories far more - like Fry & Harry Potter; For me this just wasn't quite there as a St. Mary's story
As Zara Ramm's voices fit the Characters so perfectly, it was just very odd and distracting to hear them not sound as they normally do and I think it may have been a better idea if it could have been possible to have had Markham's parts read by this Narrator and the remainder by Ramm
I understand why Piers Werner has been chosen for the narration (as it's from Markham's viewpoint) but my what a difference it has made to the story.
Usually read by our wonderful Zara Ramm which makes the books for me.
I enjoyed the book who wouldn't when it's one of Jodi's but I did not enjoy the narration. Sorry Piers it's nothing against you just prefer Zara.
As a dedicated Jodi Taylor fan I wait eagerly for her St Mary's Christmas short stories and this one certainly didn't disappoint! Have listened to it twice, already - sad, or what?? Piers Wehner did an unexpectedly splendid job too (only unexpected as I LOVE Zara Ramm's reading of the St Mary's stories SO much!).
Splendid job all round!!
Another lovely day out. But with a twist, it not Maxes this time.
Really enjoyed the book still loaded with lots of fun.
I'm @TeaganTheDog's mum. We live in Dorset and walk a lot & like geocaching. I became addicted to Audible in September 2015.
Lovely fun little story and nice to hear it from Markham's perspective - excellent narration by Piers Wehner who brought it to life just perfectly.
"Missing Zara Ramm"
Not. The. Best.
Markham, but really, he's the only character.
Not really - I am used to Markham being a bit more lively.
I did, but it's so short, it would be difficult not to.
Since I have all the other St Mary's books in audible format, it was a given I was going to purchase this one too, but I have to admit to being a bit disappointed in it. Frankly, if this was my first "experience" of St Mary's, I wouldn't be looking another one.
It's not that the book or narration is bad, per se, it's just that the others are so very, very good. I can understand the selection of Piers Wehner to narrate, after all, Markham is a man and it appears the intention is Markham speaks! in his own voice!, and Mr Wehner certainly has a very nice voice ... but Zara Ramm has already given Markham a *very* distinctive voice - amusing, interesting and not the slightest bit boring. The accent she has chosen for Markham is understandable and unmistakable. Even without Max saying so, you always know when he enters the conversation.
Mr Wehner gives him little emotion, except at the end when Markham is whining, (and for goodness sake, what was *that* all about? Markham does. not. whine.) and it gets a bit droning on to be honest.
I have just now finished listening, and sadly, I can't really review the plot of this short story, because I don't remember it. It was raining, Arthur didn't burn the cakes and something about a dog in heat. (?) I think. I'm knitting a mindless project while listening, so I'm certainly not distracted, but I found myself drifting off into my own thoughts.The other books have had me laughing out loud at Markham's antics and quips, I would so love to hear what Ms Ramm would do with this. I have a feeling it could be very funny indeed.
I rated it four stars overall, so as to not "downgrade" it, but really, three stars is more in line with my opinion. It's average.
Buy the book, it's supporting a good cause, and it's not a bad book as such, just not as good as the previous ones.(And if Audible or whoever decides these things released a Zara Ramm version, I'd buy it in a heartbeat)
"A Good Chuckle"
Cute story, do miss Sara Rahm but seeing it is a man's story I guess it's fitting.
The story was ok, not great like the rest of the series. It was just so short, I felt this should have been a $1 story, or even a promotional freebie.
"Chuckle, Chortle and Laugh so hard I think I pee'd"
Yes! This narration was EXCELLENT
The revelation that Markham himself does not always know "Where that came from."
The voices that he uses for the other characters reveals how Markham hears them. It's a good perspective to have on hand.
Goodness yes! I laughed out loud sitting alone in my office. If they didn't already know that I'm mad today would have confirmed ot.
I just love this series. The Christmas specials are like a gift from Jodi Taylor to all of us and we do appreciate them. This years support for the wounded warriors(or similar I believe?) just made it even better.
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